Oaxaca is the heart of Mexican Zapotec culture and home to some of the most beautiful colonial plazas and majestic churches in Latin America. We’ll get lost in the winding colonial streets of Oaxaca City, visit the UNESCO-protected ancient ruins of Monte Albán and discover the bizarre rock formations of Hierve el Agua. Spend two days with our inspiring nonprofit partners, Fundación En Vía, to engage with the rural communities where they work. Visit women-led businesses and lend a hand in a dyeing and weaving workshop, chocolate-making class, as well as shopping for ingredients at the local market for a traditional cooking class with the women.
Move on to another village, San Martín Tilcajete, for a workshop in making alebrijie, or brightly colored imaginary creatures that play an important role in Mexican folklore (and are the inspiration for Pixar’s film Coco!). Back in Oaxaca city, also a UNESCO-protected area, uncover the up and coming cuisine that Oaxaca is known for, visit bustling local markets to shop for crafts and relax in the comfort of our colorful boutique hotel in the heart of the old city.
An Impactful Experience in Mexico’s Cultural Heart
We’ll embed ourselves in our nonprofit partner’s, En Via’s, impactful empowerment initiatives in the community of Teotitlan del Valle while discovering the beauty of Oaxaca on this journey of purpose and empowerment.
Gain insight into the culture of Mexico’s indigenous Zapotec people as you engage with a leading non-profit organization, En Via, to empower and uplift historically disadvantaged women in the Oaxaca Valley. We’ll be invited into the homes and workplaces of these local Zapotec women, learning traditional cooking and craft techniques passed down through the generations. See firsthand how they are supported through microfinance loans and get a glimpse into how these work in small rural communities like Teotitlán de Valle. Visit their small, family-run businesses and lend a hand in a dyeing and weaving workshop and chocolate-making class.
Where You’ll Stay
During our time in Oaxaca City, we’ll stay in Hotel con Corazón, a modern, cozy hotel where profits go into local schools to help lift up the local community. This boutique hotel & social enterprise is one with heart, recognizing that Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico, and children need more resources to ensure they finish school. This brand new building located in the heart of the old city of Oaxaca includes private bathrooms, WiFi, fans, and garden views from all rooms.
In Teotitlán del Valle, we’ll stay in a no-frills, locally-owned Bed and Breakfast, which is decorated in the beautiful, bright traditional style and a comfy place to return to in the evenings spent out in the charming valleys of Oaxaca.
Explore Oaxaca City before heading out to the nearby villages of the Teotitlán Valley to meet the women and children supporting their communities. Each day is a hands-on lesson in the lives of these women including a dyeing and weaving experience, cooking lesson and microfinance workshop.
Return to Oaxaca City and explore Hierve el Agua’s unique rock formations and learn to make local pottery and chocolate with the women of San Marcos Tlapazola. Uncover ancient, UNESCO-protected ruins in Monte Alban, then learn to make fantastic animals painted with bright colors and designs.
Dates and Prices
Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.
- Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult *
- Single Room Supplement = $250
- 3 nights lodging in 3-star boutique hotels in the old city of Oaxaca
- 2 nights lodging in the valleys outside of Oaxaca in rustic locally-owned bed & breakfasts
- All meals throughout the trip except for one lunch and one dinner
- Volunteer projects with the Zapotec women
- English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
- All gratuities for hotels and meals
- All airport transfers & land transportation
- Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
- $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
- 24-hour Discover Corps emergency hotline & turnkey support
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare
- Alcoholic beverages
- One lunch and one dinner
- Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
Our intimate, small-group departures consist of like-minded travelers. Don’t see a date that works? Let us know and we’ll make it happen. WO = Women Only Dates.
October 19-24, 2021 WO (limited space!)
January 4-9, 2022
March 22-27, 2022
June 7-12, 2022
July 5-10, 2022
August 2-7, 2022
October 11-16, 2022 WO
January 3-8, 2023
March 21-26, 2023